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Milledge rehab going well

News and notes from Wednesday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 16, 2009, 12:50 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

It's like trading for a lottery ticket

Lastings Milledge, OF, Pirates (High-A Lynchburg)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBIs
The Pirates got a lot of flak for trading away speedster and all-around tremendous human being Nyjer Morgan for Milledge, a massively talented guy who, at 24, has already worn out his welcome with two organizations and is now rehabbing from a broken finger. But the thing is, Morgan wasn't going to play any role on a future Pirates team that is actually competitive and good, while Milledge at least has a shot.

Big things come in small packages

Michael Burgess, OF, Nationals (High-A Potomac)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-5, HR (16), R, 3 RBIs, K
A supplemental first-round pick in 2007, Burgess packs plus-plus power into a 5-foot-11, 195-pound frame thanks to outstanding bat speed and a lot of leverage. While he works the count well, he also does nothing but go for the fences once he swings, which has led to a .238 batting average and 90 strikeouts in 85 games. The good news is he's gone deep in three of his last four contests, and scouts still feel he has breakout potential with just a few adjustments.

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